ICE begins GSM allocation

6 May 2009

Costa Rica’s monopoly wireless network operator Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has begun selling some 60,000 new GSM lines, initially to pre-registered customers only. Applicants are required to show an original receipt for the purchase of the wireless handset, a copy of a utility bill, a cedula (ID card), pay the CRC12,500 (USD22.5) deposit and demonstrate that they do not have any outstanding debt to ICE. Pre-registered customers have until 8 May to complete their subscriptions, after which time all remaining unsold lines will be made available to the general public on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

The 60,000 new lines are part of a larger contract for 300,000 new GSM connections from Ericsson, bringing the total capacity of the ICE network to 1.84 million.

Costa Rica, Grupo ICE, Grupo ICE (Kolbi)